Reading.

Can I just say for a minute that I love books! I love the hard covers, or flipping through flexible pages. I love doing the unthinkable (underlining, highlighting, or scribbling notes)…this is why I am a bad book borrower. I love recommending books, or just taking chapters and photocopying them for people. I love the wisdom, advice, fun, adventure or drama from a good book. I tend to read 5 books at the same time so it takes me 5 times as long to finish any of them, but I cant help it… I want them all simultaneously, haha.

In that vein, I’d like to recommend a website, especially if you are an avid reader like me! http://www.goodreads.com/ Goodreads is a site where you can catalog your library and share what you are reading and have read with your friends… and you can write reviews if you are so inclined… or steal good book ideas from your friends. Its pretty sweet. I am currently reading several books, one of which is filled with a lot of art and poetry…so dont be surprised if you see a lot more of that for a while. For more of what I am currently reading, check out my bookshelf!
http://www.goodreads.com/review/list/5734574

Preachers of the God of Grace

love this!

Preachers of the God of grace,
heralds of the dawning day–
fit them, Lord, for all they face,
prove their calling, guide their way,
Meeting failure or success,
keep their faith and vision sure,
agents of your righteousness,
trained for unremitting war.

Undeterred by praise or blame,
dear to God, on earth unknown,
zealous for your holy name,
making known what you have done:
constant testing they endure,
persecution, pain, and blood;
by your spirit keep them pure,
fill them with the love of God.

In their weakness, Lord, be strong,
Satan’s claims let them destroy;
in their sorrows let their song
be of Christ, their hope and joy.
Fools for you–yet make them wise,
though on them all spite is poured
by a world that crucifies
faithful prophets of the Lord.

Dying daily, let them live;
fainting, make their spirits bold;
empty, teach them still to give;
poor, they shall enrich the world.
Triumph, Lord, when we despair,
honor those whom kings despise:
make their work your church’s prayer,
grant your glory as their prize.

Christopher M. Idle, Preachers of the God of Grace, 1976